Kanye West has spoken on behalf of his friend and colleague, Frank Ocean, advising the organizers of the 2017 Grammy Awards to nominate the artiste if they want him, Kanye to grace the event.
The Grammy eligibility nomination rule, which states that an album has to be released before the deadline date of September 30th, 2016, was in favour of both of Frank’s albums, however, he failed to be on the nominee list.
Kanye insists that the organizers should bend the rules for Frank since they once did it for Lady Gaga, who was nominated for some of the awards in 2010, despite its release date.
“I don’t know if any of y’all remember, I was supposed to go on tour with [Lady] Gaga,” Kanyer said. “I remember, it was something where she was nominated… She wasn’t nominated for best new artist, right? But they wanted her to perform at the show, they wanted her to open.
“So the Grammys secretly changed something about the nominations to nominate her in order for her to perform in the show. Now, Frank Ocean on the other hand is very vocal that his album wasn’t nominated for the Grammys. Since he’s vocal, no one wants to say nothing about it.
“No one wants to do nothing about it, I’m saying this to y’all, because a lot of people try to make a scene like, ‘I’m so self-centered. The album I listened to the most this year is Frank Ocean’s album. As artists, we gotta come together to fight the bulls**t they been throwing us with.
“I’ll tell you this right now, if his album is not nominated in no categories, I’m not showing up to the Grammys. As artists, we gotta come together to fight the bulls**t they been throwing us with.All we need is a fair shot. Let the album lose, let whoever win or lose.
“My whole point, my purpose, my existence, everything that people try to diss me for is based on just an instant replay plot. Imagine in sports they didn’t have no instant replay plot, and someone could step completely out-of-bounds.”
Is Kanye now the new artiste’s advocate? He made a similar rant after the 2009 Grammys, when he insisted that Beyoncé deserved an award that was given to Taylor Swift.